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The role of manipulator characteristics in selecting the ideal effective vehicleA structural model of the human pilot is introduced and discussed. The model is used to provide a rationale for certain nonlinear pilot control behavior such as stick pulsing and serves as a framework for studying aspects of motor skill development. In light of the theoretical background provided by the model, some past empirical pilot response phenomena are analyzed and shown to be attributable to manipulator or control stick characteristics. In particular, some recent problems associated with pilot/vehicle performance in glideslope tracking in short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft are analyzed. The apparent contribution of the cockpit manipulator (throttle) characteristics to these problems are outlined and a solution proposed and evaluated in both simulation and flight test.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hess, R. A.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
October 15, 1981
Publication Information
Publication: JPL Proc. of the 17th Ann. Conf. Manual Control
Subject Category
Man/System Technology And Life Support
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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